Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
If you have emailed me in the past few weeks, you’ve likely received an auto-reply message right back from me. That auto-reply message says something like, “I care about your message and I’m overbooked this month. Please be patient with me while I do my best to get back to you in a thoughtful way.”
It’s a season, hopefully a short one, but still a season of way too many commitments on my calendar, and I am feeling overwhelmed. And I’ve noticed in the past few days particularly, that the overwhelmed part is not just regarding my calendar or commitments, it’s seeping into my soul as well. And so, I went looking for this message today, to calm and encourage my heart and soul for the rest of this overcommitted season. I needed to be reminded where to look in order to find my way through this season.
I found Paul’s words to the church in Philippi rang true for me today, and probably every day regardless of which season I am in on my journey of faith and life.
I am a firm believer in choices. Each day before us we make choices. We choose how to order our days, what to fill our schedules with, who to see, who to call, what appointments to keep and which to decline. (And yes, I’m keenly aware it is my own choices that have created a good portion of this overwhelmed season, thank you very much.)
We also choose what to think about.
We can choose to dwell on moments of grace, friendship and love. We can choose to look forward to opportunities of community and faith. We can choose to celebrate and lift up the tiny miracles of God’s creation around us each day. And that will take up as much space and energy on our calendar as if we instead chose to think and dwell on the shadows of the day: the disappointments, the failings of others, the places of struggle and doubt.
And the consequence of the choices we make is multiplication of what we have been thinking about. Being loving, offering admiration, celebrating truth, leads us to more truth, nobility, and righteousness. Just as dwelling on the darkness creates more clouds and struggle.
For today, I’m going to see the new day in front of me. I’m going to boldly follow the resurrected Jesus, seeing again the freshness of life and grace in a new day. I will intentionally work to fill my mind with thoughts of whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable and all that is praiseworthy.
For the risen Christ offers me the gift of a new day in every day. Will you join me?
Blessings for the Journey,